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Baseline Christianity

The Revolutionary War is one of my favorite periods in American history. The birth of our nation, the amazing men and women who made it possible, and their vision for the country are inspiring.

Every great movement has moments that define the people involved. For example, pundits often look at the Constitution as marker of what makes us uniquely American.

As we read about the early church in Acts 2, the Bible reveals several characteristics that set apart this movement of Jesus followers. What we see is not a fractious group of denominations huddling in groups of 100 or 200, separated by minor variances on obscure points of theology. Instead, we see simple people focused on one very big idea: Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

Acts 2 describes a group of believers who read the Bible and did what it says. They served each other, they were generous, they did life together and they spread God’s Word. Sure, they had their share of issues with each other, but the majesty of Christ and His message overwhelmed their biases and need for self fulfillment. Could people say the same about you?

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